Supercilious Su`per*cil"i*ous, a. [L. superciliosus, fr. supercilium an eyebrow, pride; super over, + cilium an eyelid; probably akin to celare to conceal. Cf. {Conceal}.] Lofty with pride; haughty; dictatorial; overbearing; arrogant; as, a supercilious officer; asupercilious air; supercilious behavior. -- {Su`per*cil"i*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Su`per*cil"i*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • superciliousness — noun The state or quality of being supercilious …   Wiktionary

  • superciliousness — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The quality of being arrogant: arrogance, haughtiness, hauteur, insolence, loftiness, lordliness, overbearingness, presumption, pride, pridefulness, proudness, superiority. See ATTITUDE …   English dictionary for students

  • superciliousness — su·per cil·i·ous·ness || ‚suːpÉ™(r)sɪlɪəsnɪs n. arrogance, pride, haughtiness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • superciliousness — su·per·cil·ious·ness …   English syllables

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